Monday, February 29, 2016

ScotsRead titles added; check one out for Spring Break

If you're looking for some reading material that a bit different from your coursework, stop by the library to checkout a ScotsRead book.  Recently added titles include:

  • Killing lessons by Saul Black
  • Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos
  • Traitor's Mark: A novel by D.K. Wilson
  • Petty The Biography by Warren Zanes
  • We Have the Technology by Kara Platoni
  • Maggie Smith A Biography by Michael Coveney
  • Photographer's Wife by Suzanne Joinson 

Friday, February 26, 2016

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Music: From Skill to Art by Bobby L Adams
  • Japanese Lover: A Novel by Isabel Allende
  • Bill of Rights by Carol Berkin
  • Curtain by Agatha Christie
  • Why Are They Angry With Us? by Larry E. Davis
  • Cultures of Masculinity by Tim Edwards
  • Life's Engines by Paul G. Falkowski
  • Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
  • History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks by Stewart Gordon
  • Writing History in the Global Era by Lynn Hunt

On Display: Ancient Egypt

Currently on display in the East Lobby is a selection of materials from our collection relating to Ancient Egypt.

From Credo Reference:
"Ancient civilization, based around the River Nile in Egypt, which emerged 5,000 years ago and reached its peak in the 16th century BC. Ancient Egypt was famed for its great power and wealth, due to the highly fertile lands of the Nile delta, which were rich sources of grain for the whole Mediterranean region. Egyptians were advanced in agriculture, engineering, and applied sciences. Many of their monuments, such as the pyramids and the sphinx, survive today."
"Egypt, Ancient." The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide. Abington: Helicon, 2015. Credo Reference.Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On Display: African American History Month

On display in the East Lobby display case is a selection of materials for African American History Month.  You can learn more with our online reference resources.  A short history of African American History Month from Credo Reference:
"Negro History Week was first introduced in 1926 as a means of commemorating African American history when American history included primarily slavery as the participation of African Americans. Carter G. Woodson and several other colleagues saw a need to preserve the culture of their race and to make sure that persons were informed of the many contributions and accomplishments that were a part of their history. In 1912, Woodson formed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Shortly after the formulation of the group Woodson began publishing, in 1916, the Journal of Negro History. As Woodson worked on matters for the organization and served in various roles in academia, he acknowledged that the average African American knew very little about their history and culture. He also knew that whites saw little value in knowing African American history and African Americans also had little interest in their past due to the indoctrination of inferiority and the humiliation surrounding the experiences of slavery. To resolve this glaring concern, Negro History Week was initiated in 1926 as a time to celebrate and commemorate African American leaders. Because Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and Booker T. Washington all had birthdates in February, a week was selected that was in close proximity to those dates. Materials were published by the association to support lectures, exhibits, and curriculum development for Negro History Week. The celebration was so well received that it gained national acclaim. In 1976, during the nation's bicentennial, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month. The annual celebrations focus on a specific theme; it 2008, that theme celebrated multiculturalism—a key concern that Woodson had early on."
Bracks, Lean'Tin L. "Black History Month/negro History Week (Est. 1926)." Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience. JessicaCarney Smith and LindaT. Wynn. Canton: Visible Ink Press, 2009. Credo Reference. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Research Tip: Search & Sort Databases by Subject

The Databases: Find Articles list on the library's website can look overwhelming with all of the choice available.  However, if you are unsure which would be the best to start looking for information on your topic, you can always try the Search Databases by Subject list which breaks our database collection down into broad discipline areas to help you focus your research.  The topic areas are:
  • Arts & Humanities: Art, Communication, Language, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy & Religion
  • Biography
  • Business & Economics
  • Dictionaries & Encyclopedias: Reference
  • Education
  • General Research
  • Government & Political Science
  • Life Sciences, including Sport & Physical Education
  • News & Current Events
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences: Anthropology, History, Psychology & Sociology
  • Statistical Information

Friday, February 19, 2016

New ScotsRead titles just arrived

New ScotsRead titles have arrived and are available on the shelves.  Stop by the display on the main floor.  You can find:
  • Swiped by Adam Levine
  • Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel
  • Dark Tides by Chris Ewan
  • Desperate Measures by Jo Bannister
  • After She's Gone by Lisa Jackson
  • Ashley Bell: A novel by Dean Koontz
  • And yet… by Christopher Hitchens
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Database of the Month: Times & Tribune Historical Newspapers

For February, the databases of the month are the Chicago Tribune and New York Times Historical Newspapers from ProQuest.  Both of these historical newspapers contain rich content over an extended period of time, highlighting some of the best journalistic reporting in the United States.

Content for the Chicago Tribune Historical covers the years 1849-1992 and features regular news articles in addition to obituaries, letters to the Editor, wedding announcements, death notices, advertisements and more.  The New York Times Historical covers the years 1851-2012 and features news articles plus editorials. letters to the Editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, stock photos, advertisements, and more.

Since they are provided by the same company, the search interface allows you to search them at the same time or individually depending on your needs.  The Advanced Search features provides the ability to search specific dates, columns, and the database will thread articles across multiple pages together in one view.  Both publications contain a breath and depth of content for today's students.

Find the Chicago Tribune Historical and the New York Times Historical on the library's Databases: Find Articles page.

Access to library databases is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Journal of the Month: Popular Mechanics

Journal of the Month: Popular Mechanics

Published by Hearst Communications ten times per year, Popular Mechanics is a monthly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print and online.  The Hearst Corporation is an American multinational conglomerate group based in New York City.  It is one of the largest diversified communications companies in the world.  Its major ownership interests include newspapers, television networks, and over 300 magazines including Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire.

Popular Mechanics is a classic magazine of popular technology that has been published since January 11, 1902.  It was founded by H.H. Windsor.  There are nine international editions including a Russian edition and a new South African edition.  They advertise themselves as the ultimate science and technology read for inquiring minds with over 10 million subscribers.

A regular recurring column is “Jay Leno’s Garage” featuring observations by the famed late-night talk show host and vehicle enthusiast.  Other popular columns include “How Your World Works,” “Know-How,” and “Popular Mechanics for Kids” and includes do-it-yourself projects like “Build Your Own Firewood Rack” or a Snowball Catapult.

See more at: or on the Main Level of Hewes Library in the Popular Periodicals section. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.  They also have a YouTube channel and a weekly podcast called the Popular Mechanics Show. You can also download the free mobile app.